CAAC Programs and Events are focused around three pillars: education, engagement and enrichment, with a priority to make the arts accessible to everyone.

Family Friendly


First Fridays for Families

A family program that introduces young audiences to a wide variety of performing arts in a fun and informal setting at The Commons.



Always fresh, new and collaborative, these one-of-a-kind events feature a broad range of art forms by bringing awareness to the arts as a transformative experience. 
•   Site-responsive Dance 
•   Music/Theatre 
•   Documentary Film 
•   Spoken Word/Poetry 

Life-long Learning


Artist-led Workshops

Workshop participants are guided through the creative process by trained professionals, no prior experience required.

Guest Speakers

Hear from renowned artists, designers, authors, poets, performers and cultural leaders as they share their personal stories, followed by informal Q&A. Invited speakers will inspire and challenge audiences to reimagine how the presence of art and culture can positively impact daily life and build stronger communities.

411 Gallery

A community arts gallery and cultural space for exhibitions, events and collaborations with Columbus’ arts and cultural organizations. 

Community Studio

The Community Studio is a flexible space for local and visiting artists to work, meet and collaborate. Made of custom plywood panels and built-in furniture, the space is meant to evolve as artists work with the community to reimagine the exhibition wall into temporary installations.

Open Studio

Drop-in artmaking activities for all ages.

Creative Residency

Artists and designers are provided access to 411 Gallery + Community Studio, lodging within walking distance to the downtown Arts & Entertainment District and a travel/materials stipend. Residency participants are invited to actively engage the community by conducting workshops that highlight their unique skills in an immersive studio setting.


Arts Alley Celebration

Live music, food and art activities on Sixth Street.

Uncommon Cause // Annual Arts Fundraiser

Each year we celebrate the arts in Columbus while raising money to support CAAC, creative talent and future arts programming for the community.

Annual Meeting

CAAC Board of Directors announces a new slate of officers, gives a brief update on the organization and introduces new programming in an open meeting to the public.

Youth Arts

As part of CAAC’s strategic objective to foster and develop young talent, the Youth Arts initiative is intentionally designed for young creatives ages 13–19.

Educational internships 

• Hands-on training with professional artists and designers

• Exhibitions and civic-minded projects in the Columbus area

431 Sixth Street
Columbus, IN 47201​
Office Hours:
In efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the CAAC office is closed to the public until further notice.​
Staff will be working remotely at this time.
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